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Essential in the Airline Industry: Vision and Commitment

While the term “business transformation” has been floated around for decades, digital and the deployment of modern technology remain the cornerstone of today’s investment decisions. Customer expectations have changed greatly in recent years. Strong brands like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google, which investors often refer to as FAANG, have changed consumer behavior. Not only […]

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Cost-Cutting and Technology Investments in the Airline Industry

Cutting unnecessary costs and investing in technology (e.g., digital, planes) to support the business is a complex task, but certainly a requirement for long-term growth. Fuel costs – the number-one non-labor expense for airlines – can only be hedged to the degree the petroleum market allows and that is by and large outside the control […]

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Customer Satisfaction in the Airline Industry

Customer satisfaction is always top of mind for airlines. Unhappy or disengaged customers naturally mean fewer passengers and less revenue. It’s important that customers have an excellent experience every time they travel. On-time flights, good in-flight entertainment, more (and better) snacks, and more legroom might be the obvious contributors to a good experience and more […]

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Streamlining the Manufacturing and Automotive Treasury Function

The strategic vision of the manufacturing and automotive treasury function is to deliver efficiency, control, and scalability. The logical structure for this transformation includes several key components: business events, centralized demand deposit accounts with banking connectivity, and a reporting data warehouse. A comprehensive finance and treasury transformation program can help improve cash and liquidity management, […]

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Operational Performance and Reliability in the Airline Industry

Operational performance (or operational reliability) is about running an airline like a well-oiled machine. Pun intended. It’s about on-time performance and completion rates. It’s about reducing involuntary denied boardings and the rate of mishandled bags. It’s ensuring that continuous improvements and efficiencies are always in motion. A smoothly run airline enhances customer perception, satisfaction, and […]

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Key Strategic Initiatives in the Airline Industry

If you listen closely to industry executives, you’ll note that many of them typically hone in on several key strategic initiatives. Naturally, there’s a crossover between them, and each one can affect the other. Operational performance or operational reliability is one. Customer satisfaction, customer loyalty, or brand strength is another. Last but not least are […]

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[Guide] 2018 State of the Airline Industry

The airline industry is scrutinized by passengers and analysts alike, mostly for two reasons. One, many people take one or more flights a year and have personal experiences that leave lasting impressions. Two, the industry’s economic impact is unprecedented. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), “Aviation accounts for more than 5% of our [United […]

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Tools for Uncovering the Value of Care

I recently wrote a blog post called The Value of Care: The Secret Sauce in which I talked about the importance of having transparency of data. Costing is an evolutionary process perhaps starting with one type of procedure, one clinic or one service line or perhaps starting with a hybrid of costing methodology.   The great […]

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6 Healthcare EPM Trends: #6 Innovation in the Cloud

TREND #6: INNOVATION: MOVEMENT TO THE CLOUD Enterprise performance management solutions are in a period of rapid transformation to the cloud. According to Gartner, the issues driving CFOs to consider the cloud are: Faster Development = Increased ROI: A recent study by Nucleus Research reported that cloud applications deliver 1.7 times the ROI of on […]

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6 Healthcare EPM Trends: #5 Value of Care

TREND #5: VALUE OF CARE: THE SECRET SAUCE Costing is an evolutionary process that begins with one type of procedure, one clinic, or one service line, or perhaps with a hybrid costing methodology. The great news is that technology can help realize the goal of improved costing by allowing for the use of multiple costing […]

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6 Healthcare EPM Trends: #3 De-Mystifying the Budget Process

TREND #3: DE-MYSTIFYING THE BUDGET PROCESS: PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT LEADS TO PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT Budgets have traditionally been an aggregation of numbers molded into a financial statement to measure margins and then asking business leaders to explain actual-to-budget variances. Healthcare leaders are now building strategies to mature this process into a compilation of metrics that are representative […]

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6 Healthcare EPM Trends: #2 Budgets

TREND #2: BUDGETS: DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY, ANNUALLY OR CONTINUALLY? Historically, budgets were compiled once per year (if that often) and variance analysis was a monthly activity. Hospitals started looking at multi-year, year-over-year analysis first, then eventually actual-to-budget, reinforcing the variance analysis process once data became more transparent. This led to “re-forecasting” the budget into a […]

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Healthcare Delivery: A Need for Change

It is no secret that the healthcare industry is in a state of transformation and for good reason. In a recent international study that compared 11 nations on healthcare quality, access, efficiency, and equity, the United States was ranked last among wealthy countries. In other words, in the United States healthcare outcomes do not align […]

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Hyperion Drives 80% Speed Improvement to Financial Close Process

Oracle Hyperion can help centralize financial data to help businesses see the big picture quickly. We recently worked with an energy company that was making critical business decisions using data from a myriad of disparate spreadsheets and databases. This was frustrating because it didn’t allow for a central, single version of the truth. After Perficient implemented […]

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Budgeting in the Cloud #HFMA #ANI2015

That image makes budgeting even seem fun, right? I can think of myself perched up on a thick fluffy cloud crunching numbers. Well honestly … I’m not sure that budgeting is ever fun but we now have the combination of the industry leading budgeting solution, Oracle Hyperion Planning, available in the cloud. As I mentioned […]

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Rolling Forecasts in Healthcare Improve Accuracy

The assumption that rolling forecasts improve accuracy really tests the validity of our data in healthcare. Do we know enough about the metrics that are driving a useful driver-based forecast? The rolling forecast is usually a quarterly budget with a two to three year horizon that keeps a close eye on the organization’s trajectory. Typically […]

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How does Currency Volatility Affect Your Business?

In a blog post earlier this year, I discussed the precipitous drop in energy prices.  From roughly mid 2014 through early 2015, the price of crude oil was cut in half, and the related dominoes started to fall.  Companies were affected directly or indirectly by the new price level of oil.  Public and private entities […]

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Modern Budgeting & Forecasting Has Arrived – Are you Ready?

The recent departure of Walgreen’s CFO due to a large forecasting variance error, is a drastic reminder to all of us who have dedicated their careers to financial transformation, of the intense criticality of mastering the entire cycle of planning, budgeting, forecasting and reporting. 15 years ago when I started consulting with finance and accounting […]

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Salesforce Collaborative Forecasts or Customizable Forecasts? How to Pick Which One is Best For Your Organization

Salesforce is rolling out many new features for Collaborative Forecasts in Winter ’14, removing most of the reasons to look at the more established Customizable Forecasts. With all these changes, is Collaborative Forecasts always the right option? Ask yourself these five questions to determine which kind of Salesforce forecasting is right for you. Do you […]

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4 Capabilities of an Effective Financial Forecasting Model

Terie McClintock, Director of Oracle Core at Perficient, recently wrote a blog on financial forecasting models for healthcare reform: Financial forecasting captures relevant operational, statistical and financial data in one place to enable sound planning and decision making. In addition, forecasting fosters a common understanding of business drivers and their effect on operations and financial […]

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